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S T fl T I o n i a y 



VOLUME 4 

Number 4 

December 

1996 



A Special Day in the Life of a 
Pop-up Book Collector 

Peter Schuehle 
Loxstedt, Germany 
translated by Verena Verspohl 

From August 3 1 until November 3 there was an 
outstanding exhibition of pop-up and movable books in 
the "Stadsbibliotheek Haarlem." a short twenty minute 
train ride from Amsterdam (Netherlands). On this 
occasion Theo Gielen had arranged a get together of 
pop-up artists and collectors, among the latter myself and 
my sister, who collects anything that has to do with the 
popular Christmas song "The Twelve Days of 
Christmas." 
We were 
sorry to miss 
the first part, 
the intro- 
ductory round 
in the library, 
since our train 
was late, but - 
welcomed with 
a cup of coffee 
- we felt 
"right at home" 
in the friendly 
surroundings. 

Each collector ' '*■ - 

presented, as Theo had suggested, a special item from 
his/her collection, thus giving an impression of 
him/herself as well as of his/ her collection and resulting 
in the feeling of being among friends. Then Henk 
Duijzer, the head of the library, gave a report about the 
aims and the collection of the library, whose 400th (! ) 
anniversary was the reason for the exhibition. The 
entrance fee was very original: he had asked all collectors 
to bring a pop-up book for the library's collection. We 
were hicky to have two outstanding artists present to tell 
us something about the creative process of their books. Is 
there a collector who does NOT have several of Kees 
Moerbeek's books? We learned a lot about the 
philosophy of his stories that can be read on several 
levels and we will never again look quite as superficially 
at what we see! 




Robert Sabuda. who had come from New York City, 
shared the process from conception to the birth of his 
latest pop-up. The 12 days of Christmas. It was 
fascinating to move, with the help of slides, from his head 
to his desk to the production plant in Cali, Colombia. 
Both Kees Moerbeek and Robert Sabuda patiently 
answered questions and signed copies of their books - 
what an interesting morning. After a lunch break we got 
a good impression of the exhibition at the Haarlem 
Museum in the old market square through an excellent 
and detailed guided tour after which we had some tune to 
take a closer look at the books that had caught our fancy. 
I certainly do hope that a closer, longer article on the 
exhibition will follow. My personal impression: it was 
excellent. The selection of books, the hundreds of year 
they spanned, the variety and wealth, and last but not 
least an original catalogue, a great pop-up book m itself, 
succeeded in giving us a very comprehensive impression 
of what we collect. Full of wonderful impressions, most 
of us stayed not only to rest our tired feet in the nearby 
Cafe Carillon but also to continue our discussion with 
pop-up artists Sabuda. Moerbeek, Carla Dijs. and R.P. 
Stikkelorum and to exchange information with our fellow 
collectors. A big thank you to Theo who had even found 
a sponsor for our drinks! All too early we had to leave to 
take the train backto Germany, but the train ride gave us 
some time to enjoy the catalogue (and to be glad that with 

the knowledge of 
GermanandEnglish 
we can understand 
enough Dutch to 
read the interesting 
text). We're very 
grateful to Theo 
who has made a 
collector's dream 
come true: being 
togetherwithpeople 
who share your 
interest, the 

opportunity to meet 
the artists and an 
excellent exhibition 
- all in one day! 
Theo Gielen proudly displays What more can one 
the exhibit's gorgeous catalog ask for? 




The Movable Book Society 

Movable Stationery is the quarterly publication of The 
Movable Book Society. Letters and articles from 
members on relevant subjects are welcome. Advertising 
is accepted free of charge from members and is included 
when space permits Trie annual membership fee for The 
Society is $15.00. For more information contact Ann 
Montanaro. The Movable Book Society. P.O. Box 
1 1654. New Brunswick. New Jersey 08906. 

Daytime telephone: 908-445-5896 
Evening telephone: 908-247-6071 
e-mail: montanarwrci rutgers.edu 
Fax: 908-846-7928 
The deadline for the nest issue is February 15. 



Exhibit Catalog 

An edition of 1000 posters was made for the exhibit 
but has since sold out and will probably not be reprinted 
Catalogs for the exhibit may be purchased (if a second 
printing is done since the first was almost sold out in 
November) by writing to Henk Duijzer. Stads 
Bibliotheek. Postbus 204. 2000AE Haarlem, The 
Netherlands. If copies are available. Mr. Duijzer has 
requested the equivalent of 32.50 Dutch guilders or US 
$32.00 be sent in cash Alternately, contact book dealer 
Manna Van Hoek in Utrecht by telephone 030-23 10800 
or fax 30-23 11774. 






Photographs 

Lower left: 
Kees Moerbeek's 
original dummy. 
Exhibit at Frans Hal 

Above: Carla Dijs 
with daughters. 

Right: Kees Moerbeek 
begms his slide show 

Below Annie Baats' 
paper dog wags its 
tongue 

Rene Paul Stikkelorum 
shares his one-of-a-kind 
tribute to Fred 
Astair 





Saving "Hi!" to David Carter 



1996 Dimensional Illustrators Award 



by Ellen G.K. Rubin 
Scarsdale. New York 

On October 1. David A. Carter, the paper engineer 
well-known for his "bug" series, appeared at Books of 
Wonder in New York City. He was there to sign copies 
of his latest pop-up book. Bugs that go bump in the 
night. At first David was dressed as a bumblebee, an ill- 
fated gesture. The sweltering heat in the back of the store 
and the lack of enthusiastic bee-loving children made the 
wearing of the costume short-lived 

The first to arrive. I had the opportunity to introduce 
myself as an enthusiastic collector of pop-up books. I 
presented lnm with an armful of his books to sign, which 
his hosts graciously allowed. (There still were no other 
"fans" around.) As he signed, we chatted. When asked 
how he got started as a paper engineer. David told me he 
had responded to an ad for a paste-up artist in the LA 
Times. That job turned out to be with Intervisual Books, 
and the rest, as we say. is history 

Several of the books prompted reminiscences. For 
example. Goodnight, Moon (1984). he told me. was the 
first book he had been asked to design on his own from 
the text. He seemed proud of the results. He was tickled 
that I had a shape-book called. Katie the bedtime Kittie 
(1987) A small (16mo) book, shaped like a cat. it has an 
elastic band to secure a hand while inserting index and 
middle fingers into pouches which become the kitten's 
legs. David could not resist making Katie dance around 
the signing table. He had forgotten he had been the 
designer of the book and said it was among the first of its 
kind for him 

Asked about his favorite books. David cited those 
from The Blue Ribbon series. From among his own 
books, his favorite is I'm shy ( 1 993 ). because of the way 
the octopus emerges and then submerges, changing size 
throughout the book. "My favorite movable is not a 
movable at all." he offered "It is the 'bite' taken out of a 
page in The pop-up book of nonsense verse (1989). 
When he was ready to sign my first-edition copy of 
What's at the beach? (1985). he realized he didn't own a 
first edition. (I have subsequently searched for a first but 
found only a stated-first with a scantron-mark on the 
back, which is not on the original ) 

Sometimes David was not able to talk and sign books 
at the same time. (He can be very expressive with his 
hands.) Consequently, our conversation was longer than 
I ever hoped. I soon needed to stifle further questions for 
fear of monopolizing his time. A line was beginning to 
form. Others' tardiness had been to my advantage. The 
earlv bird does get the worm, or in this case, the bee. 



The winners of the 8th Annual 3 -Dimensional Awards 
Competition were recently announced. This award 
recognizes excellence in art direction and creation of 3- 
drmensional illustration in the advertising and publishing 
print media. The following paper engineers were 
recipients of awards in the category of Complete Book 
(gold was not issued for this category in 1 996): 

Silver Award: Robert Sabuda. 12 days of Christmas 
Bronze Award: Tor Tokvig. Undersea treasures 
Bronze Award: Rick Morrison. Creepy crawlv creatures 



Unfolding the Pop-up: A History 
of the Movable Book. 

Books from the collection of 
Ann Montanaro 

Featuring the development 

Noodles with illustrations 

and pop-ups by David A. Carter 

HarperCollins Lobby 

53rd St. at 5th Avenue 

New York City 

Januan 8-31. 1997 



Letters 

The columnist's story [September. 1996] about 
showing the pop-up books at lunch has happened to me 
many times. In visiting New York publishers, we are 
always showing books at lunch or dinner. A couple of 
years ago. I was with Christopher Franceschelh. 
President of Dutton Children's Books, in a very fine 
Italian restaurant in New York City and w as show ing him 
the color proof of our Edwardian dollhouse. By the end 
of the meal. I believe that even- waiter and customer in 
the restaurant had stopped by our table to inquire as to 
when the book would be out and where thev could get it 
It's such a shame that when you walk into a bookstore, 
you really don't know which books are dimensional and 
which aren't. It amazes me to this day that when I show 
my friends the land of business I'm in. they're not really 
aware of the number of pop-ups that are produced each 
year. 

Charles E. Gates 
President and C E. O 
Intervisual Books 




ROBERT SABUDA 



1 ■& - Awful 

2 ■&" - POOR 

4^- Good 
S "fr - Superb 






The Amazing Pop-up Grammer Book. By 

Kate Petty. Ill: Jennie Maizels. Paper Eng: 
I Danuan Johnston. Dutton. 0-525-45580-9. 
$16.99 US. 30x22cm. 7 spreads. 1 pop, 12 tab/flap 
mechs, numerous flaps. Art: Humorous pen and 
watercolor. Plot: A very cluttered look at grammer. 
Nice idea but it's so busy I feel dizzy just writing this 
review. Paper Eng: Simple. 

Bruce the Balding Moose. By Corinne 
Mellor. Ill: Jonathan Allen. Paper Eng: 
Richard Ferguson. Dial Books. 0-8037- 
2064-0. $13.99 US. 20x25cm 18 pgs. 2 pops, 1 flap, 
various removable paper objects. Art: Humorous pen 
and watercolor. Plot: A moose is devastated when he 
can't find a replacement for his winter antlers which 
have fallen off. Hysterical results. Love the 1st page 
where the antlers really fall off. Paper Eng: Simple 

Crawlies Creep. By David Pelham. Dutton. 
0-525-45576-0. $9.99 US. 12x15cm. 10 
spreads, 10 pops. Art: Realistic watercolor/ 
airbrush. Plot: A variety of animals strut their stuff 
accompanied by rhyming text. Nicely designed and 
illustrated Paper Eng: Somewhat complex. 

^A^. Dracula Junior and the fake fangs. By 

AJLa Julianna Bethlen. Ill: Korky Paul. Paper 
■■^i" Eng: Richard Ferguson. Dial Books. 0-8037 
-2008-4. $14.99 US. $21.75 Can. 24x22cm.l0 sprds 
3 pops, 12 tab/flap mechs, 4 flaps. Art: Humorous 
pen/watercolor. Plot: Dracula Junior causes havoc at 
home by stealing a pair of denture fangs. Very funny 
with some good mechs. Paper Eng: Simple. 

Humpty Dumpty. By Moira Kemp Paper 
Eng: Herman Lelie. Lodestar. 0-525-67540- 
x. $12.99 US. 20x27cm. 5 spreads, 4 pops, 
1 flap. Art: Softly colored watercolor/pencil. Plot: 
You know the story although at the end of this one 
(surprise! ) he survives. Illustrations are sweet but 
pops are kind of lame. Paper Eng, Simple. 

The Magic Costumes. By Jamie Lehrer. Ill: 
Tracey Morgan Paper Eng: Mat Johnstone. 
Dial Books. 0-8037-1967-1. $14.99 US. 
$21.75 Can. 24x25cm. 11 spreads. 3 pops, 1 flap 
mech, various metallic foils and fabrics. .Art: Fantasy 
like watercolor. Plot: 2 children travel to a magical 







land where every day is a fashion show. The whole 
thing is just an excuse to showcase the glittering 
foils and illustrations are weak. Paper Eng: Simple. 

Noah's Ark Pop-up ABC. By Arlene 
Maguire. Ill: Paul Ely. Paper Eng: 
'Uncredited. Little Simon. 0-689-81109-8. 
$15.95 US. $21.50 Can. 20x26cm. 6 spreads, 6 pops. 
Art: Realistic pencilAvatercolor. Plot: Alphabetical 
listing of animals aboard the biblical boat. Great idea 
but doesn't live up to it's potential. Pops uninspiring. 
Paper Eng: Simple. 

^^ > ^ Pirate Plunder's Treasure Hunt. By Iain 
JS^fcy Smyth. Asst. Writer/Ill: JacquehneCrawford. 
fi^a Dutton. 0-525-45693-7. $16.99 US. 21x30 
cm. 6 spreads. 3 pop scenes, 15 tab/flap mechs, 1 
wheel, numerous flaps. Art: Humorous pen and 
watercolor. Plot: Another 'whodunit' from Mr Smyth 
this time involving a treasure chest. By turning a 
wheel you get 3 different endings. Lots of fun and 
very interactive. Paper Eng: Somewhat complex. 

Pop-Up - Het boek in beweging (catalog 
for the pop-up exhibit at the FransHals 
Museum in Haarlem; see article in this 
issue of MS). Design, 111. and Paper Eng: Rene Paul 
Stikkelorum. No ISBN #.32.50 Dutch guilders, 
$32.00 US. 22x20cm. 50 pgs, wire spiral bound. 7 
pops, 1 tab mech, 1 wheel, 1 dissolving slat mech on 
catalog cover. Envelope on inside back cover holds 
list of all 244 items in exhibit. Art: Photos from 
exhibit and colorful, flat graphic illustrations. One of 
the best museum catalogs I have ever seen, even 
though I can't read it because it's in Dutch. 
Informative, fun and never takes itself too seriously. 
Paper Eng: Simple 

Sam's Pizza. Text by David Pelham. Ill: 
David Pelham / Mick Brownfield. Dutton. 
0-525-45594-9. $11.99 US. 16 cm. round 
paper pizza. 10 spreads. 1 pop, 9 flaps. Art: Humor- 
ous pen/watercolor and realistic food paintings. Plot: 
Sam's at it again, this time creating a monstrous 
pizza for his sister. Every child's disgusting delight! 
Fabulous pop on the last spread only makes you wish 
there were more. Paper Eng: Somewhat complex. 

Star Wars - Jabba's Palace Pop-up Book. 

By Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta. 

Ill: Ralph McQuarrie. Paper Eng: James 
Diaz. Little, Brown. 0-316-53513-3. $19.95 US. 
22x32cm. 7 spreads. 2 pop scenes, 2 sound effects. 
Art: Realistic paintings of Star Wars characters. Plot: 







A Gamorrean guard searches for a talisman in 
Jabba's palace. Pop-ups are nice and music is good 
but other audio effect sounds like a bad toilet trying 
to flush. Paper Eng: Simple. 

Tanya steps out By Patricia Lee Gauch. 
Ill: Satomi Ichikawa. Paper Eng: Intervisual 
Books. Philomel. 0-399-22936-1. $13.95 
US. $18.95 Can. 23x20cm. 5 spreads. 4 dissolving 
slat mechs. Art: Realistic watercolor. Plot: With the 
help of some of her animal friends the popular young 
ballerina becomes prima ballerina. Lovely 
illustrations as per the picture book series, but the 
mechs are just okay. Paper Eng: Simple. 

"These are the voyages..." - A Three- 
dimensional Star Trek Album. By Charles 
Kurts. Ill: Sonia R. Hillios, Nicholas 
Jainschigg John Eaves & Clark Schaffer. Cover 
lenticular ill: Nadre Davani. Paper Eng: Chuck 
Murphy. Pocket Books. 0-671-55139-6. $35.00 US, 
$48.00 Can, 19.99 UK. 28x28cm. 4 spreads, 5 half 
page flaps. 8 pop scenes, 4 tab mechs. Art: Photos 
and realistic paintings. Plot: Star Trek celebrates it's 
30th birthday. Beautifully designed with some very 
large pops. Lenticular (a piece of plastic when 
viewed at varying angles creates the optical illusion 
of movement) of the Enterprise going to warp speed 
on cover is great! A 'must have' for anyone interested 
in the TV series. Paper Eng: Somewhat complex. 

Tractors and Trucks. By Robert Crowther. 
Candlewick Press. 0-7636-0009-1. $7.99 
US. $9.99 Can. 19x19cm. 10 pages. 8 tab/ 
flap mechs, 5 flaps. Art: Simple, humorous pen and 
solid, flat colors. Plot: Heavy equipment and all it's 
uses. I was completely won over when I saw that a 
'Manure Spreader' was included. For very young 
readers. Paper Eng: Very simple. 

Who's afraid? By Carla Dijs. Henry Holt & 
Co. 0-8050-4398-5. $9.95 US. 21x19cm. 12 
pages. 1 1 flaps, each revealing a pop. Art: 
Humorous pen/airbrush. Plot: Wondering who is 
afraid of a variety of animals and at the same time, 
counting from one to ten. Sweet illustrations and 
unusual format. Paper Eng: Very simple. 



MOVABLE BOOK PLAYSETS 



Botticelli's Bed & Breakfast. By Jan 

Pienkowski. Paper Eng: Rodger Smith & 
Helen Balmer. Simon & Schuster Editions. 
0-684-83523-1. $23.50 US, $32.00 Can. 19x35cm. 








1 large 3D model of house containing 56 master- 
pieces, small softcover guide book included. Art: 
Reproductions of original works of art. Plot: A very 
strange house, with well known characters in 
unusual situations. The guide book is a scream, but 
always that annoying problem of trying to get those 
floors to open flat! Paper Eng: Somewhat complex. 

The Fairy Tale Palace. By Clare Dannatt 
Design & 111: Herman Lelie & Maggie 
Bateson. Paper Eng: Uncredited. St. 
Martin's Press. 0-312-13333-2. $19.95 US. $28.99 
Can. 30x37cm. 1 large model of a Victorian/Castle 
like structure including paper figures. Art: Realistic 
watercolor. Plot: A short story about life in a fairy 
tale palace. Beautiful paper construction of palace, 
although story a little empty. Paper Eng: Complex. 

The Great Castle Mystery. By Philip 
Ardagh. Ill: Steve Cox. Paper Eng: Nick 
Denchfield. HarperFestival. 0-694-00811-7. 
$17.95 US. $24.50 Can. 24x3 lcm. 1 large model of 
a medival castle including 38 paper figures and 24 
pg. softcover book. Art: Humorous pen/watercolor. 
Plot: Story book contains a little information on 
medival life and a 'whodunit' as well. Castle is great 
but the figures are so tiny! Paper Eng: Complex. 

The pick and shop marketplace. 

Completely uncredited. Copyright: Van der 
Meer Books. Random House. 0-679-87476 
-3. $19.99 US. $26.00 Can. 40x21cm. 4 fold-down 
3D scenes including paper figures and various items. 
Art: Humorous pencil/watercolor. Plot: Shop 'til you 
drop! Very original construction, similar to late 19th 
cent, fold-downs. Paper Eng: Somewhat complex. 

Sarah's House. By Eric Thomas. Paper 
Eng: Damian Johnston. DK Publishing. 
0-7894-1007-9. $19,95 US. 24x32cm. 1 

large 3D carousel model with 8 rooms, including 

figures. Art: Realistic colored pencil/ watercolor. 

Plot: Victorian doll house, ties open with ribbon. 

Lovely art and nicely designed. Paper Eng: Complex. 

/< The Witches Scary House. Written and 111: 
J»"4~fc Mick Wells, Ian Honeybone & John Lupton. 
tm^Z* St. Martin's Press. 0-312-14529-2. $19.95 
US. 24x34cm. 1 large 3D carousel model with 8 
rooms including various moveable parts and 5 paper 
figures. Art: Realistic Michael Hague-like pen/ 
watercolor. Plot: Witches doll house, ties open with 
ribbon. Illustrations and design are terrific. Humor 
is very tongue-in-cheek. Paper Eng: Complex. 





The Frankfurt Book Fair 1996 

Theo Gielen 
The Netherlands 

Having less time time this year than we usually have 
had. it was not easy to visit the Frankfurt Book Fair. This 
vear its exhibition space was enlarged by 50.000 square 
meters to a total of 180.000. It was difficult to pick the 
most interesting pop-up and movable books out of 
76.000 new titles, hidden between over 300.000 different 
books exhibited with a total of over one milhon copies! 

To start with the first change; the enlargement of the 
fair was a result of the rise of so-called "new media" such 
as CD-ROM. CD-I. all kinds of computer software, and 
the breakthrough of the Internet in the world of 
publishing. Hall 4 of the fair, traditionally the 
"international hall" (i.e.. non-German) was reserved for 
the new media, pushing aside all English-language 
publishers to Hall 8 and "the rest of the world" to the 
immense Hall 9. Distances, therefore, grew so long that 
we had to take the fair buses every tune we wanted to 
change halls. For the publishers this rise of new media 
seems to have resulted in an immense production of 
interactive (children's) books. We have never seen such 
a huge number of books with flaps, wheels, inserts, cut- 
outs, see-through, audio-chips, etc. as we did this year 
Mostly they were more of the same, often without any 
reason for the extras and hardly ever worth collecting 

In contrast to the enlargement of the fan" and the large 
number of movable and novelty books, it seemed to us. 
the situation was rather miserable at the packagers and 
publishing houses traditionally of interest to collectors. 
Most striking was the absence of Compass Productions. 
Domestic troubles appear to have brought to an end the 
nine-year, very successful cooperation between such 
celebrities as Keith Moseley. Dick Dudley. Pat Pans, and 
Arnold Shapiro Mr. Moseley. rather orphaned but gentle 
as always, attending the fair with his wife, told us he will 
continue his career, now already almost 50 years, as a 
freelancer, designing just the books he wants to do. 
without the limitations he felt at Compass. Assuring us he 
still had ideas, he proved this by showmg us some very 
nice dummies of projects yet to come. At the moment he 
is working again with that other granddaddy of pop-up 
books, Wally Hunt. And Compass is for sale! As is. said 
the rumors, Sadie Fields Productions from London 
Roger Culbertson's Designamation has been sold and is 
now a part of White Heat, yet they showed hardly am 
new titles except for a few little pop-ups to be published 
by Running Press. 

Victor Books, two years ago launched as the quality 
imprint of Ottenheimer. grew independent, leaving 
behind unpublished the beautiful dummies they showed 



last year at Ottenheimer and not planning any new pop- 
up projects. National Geographic ended its series of 
twenty marvelous pop-up books published since 1985, 
and though they seem to continue publishing pop-up 
books, bringing out this spring both the Earth pack and 
the Parading with piglets, they didn't prepare any new 
movables to show. Neither did Watts, announcing last 
year the sequel to the successfulA/osr amazing pop-up 
science book but now just reprinting this bestseller and 
postponing the Even more amazing pop-up science 
book. 

The reserved stands of the Mexican publishers 
CIDCLI didn't show any progress in the production of 
the announced titles; the stand of Alif/Editions de la 
Mediterrannee from Tunesia - the publishers of that 
wonderful series of pop-up books on Northern Africa - 
stayed empty. And the other Mexican publisher. Pangea 
Editores. which two years ago announced a whole series 
of pop-up books on pre-Colombian civilization, wasn't 
in the catalog at all. 

But let us turn to what, mdeed. was there. Surely the 
most spectacular presentation this year was Ron van der 
Meer's new firm PHPC. Pure Health Publishing 
Company, established in the Netherlands. After his 
divorce from his wife Atie. with whom he had the Van 
der Meer Paper Design Company and in cooperation with 
whom he did several senes of toddler's movables and 
pop-ups. he has now launched the new firm. PHPC had 
a big stand, a completely new staff, a beautiful full-color 
catalog of new and old projects (including a pop-up 
dancer as the new trademark), a six-minute presentation 
video, and some scouts popping up at several other 
packagers' stands. He offered a real red shoes trophv for 
the firm ordering the first 75,000 copies of one of his 
projects and it was won on the second day of the fair by 
Sony, ordering that number of copies of the new 
Architecture pack. 

And. of course. PHPC has some spectacular new 
projects, such as the aforementioned Architecture pack. 
that describes the entire process of building, from the 
first ideas m the architect's head, to the designs and plans 
through to their realization This process is described m 
detail usmg the new Paul Getty Center in California as an 
example. The pack also contains a history of architecture 
with glorious models of the Sydney Opera House, the 
Italian Renaissance Villa Rotunda, the French Chartres 
Cathedral and the Japanese Kmkahu-ji (Golden Pavilion). 
As an extra the pack con tarns all the (plastic) pieces to 
construct your own model of that other gem of modern 
architecture, the Rietveld-Schroeder House (in Utrecht!). 
A pack to look out for. 

Continued on page 9 



Limited Edition Frankenstein Pop-up 

Theo Gielen 

While visiting Intervisual Books at the Frankfurt 
Bookfair. we happened to be introduced to a young 
German paper engineer just showing his first pop-up to 
Waldo Hunt. As so often happens, the book appeared to 
be too voluminous and too complicated to be produced 
commercially, but in a talk with the maker. Mr. Henning 
Rogge from Hamburg, we were surprised to hear that the 
dummy wasn"t a single copy one but had been printed in 
a limited edition of 120 copies for the artist! 

Frankenstein, ein papiermechanisches buch von 
Henning Rogge (Frankenstein, a paper-mechanical book 
by Henning Rogge) is an eighteen-page book measuring 
22x27 cm., containing the rather simplified but ironized 
version of Mary Shelley"s novel Frankenstein. All nine 
spreads have one or more pop-up elements and almost all 
pages have movable parts as well. The illustrations have 
been done m scratchboard. scanned into a Macintosh 
computer, colored and given the finishing touch by 
computer. The paper artwork has been engineered by 
computer as well. 

The book was constructed in 1 995 as a final proof of 
Mr. Rogge"s education as a graphical designer at the 
Bremen Academy of Arts. It took him five months to 
draft, write, illustrate, engineer and produce. His father 
paid for the printing of the sheets of the 120 copies. The 
result is a clever and humorous book with elaborate 
paper artwork not yet restricted by commercial criteria. 
And. though published in the German language, it is 
understandable for everyone because of the familiarity of 
the Frankenstein story. 

Since the assembling of the sheets has to be done by- 
Mr. Rogge himself - and the paper engineering is 
complicated, it takes him over two days to prepare each 
copy - the price has been set at Dm 300. (ca.$195.00). 
Mr. Rogge is busy writing assembly instructions so 
people can be then own assemblers. For those buying 
just the printed sheets and the manual, the price will be 
Dm 100.00 (Ca. $65.00). 

Mr. Rogge is now preparing a second book which he 
hopes will be produced commercially in 1998. This 
Frankenstein title is the first book in the career of a new 
paper engineer and for this reason is collectable. 

For those interested, please contact for more 
information or to order a copy Mr. Henning Rogge. at 
Sillemstrasse 76A. 20257 Hamburg. Germany. 
Telephone 404-40170860. fax 040-40170861. e-mail 
pott.rogge'oon-line.de. 



Susan Swartzburg, 1938-1996 

Susan Swartzburg died on October 1 3 following a 
battle with pneumonia. She was a charter member of The 
Movable Book Society; a pop-up book collector, 
supporter, and friend. Susan was nationally and 
internationally known for her work in library preservation 
and wrote and lectured on the subject. She was a vital 
force behind the first conference of The Movable Book 
Society and her enthusiasm and energy will be missed 



Profile of a collector: Michel Jolivet 

Michel Jolivet. a native of Seattle, began collecting 
pop-up books some fifteen years ago while a veterinary 
student at Washington State University. In September, he 
exhibited about 40 pop-up and movable books from his 
collection at the Western Washington State Fair in 
Puyallup. However, this is just one facet of his collecting 
interests. 

For many years Michel has been collecting old 
dictionaries, especially The century and Webster's. He 
also has a great appreciation for antique toys, monsters 
and wind-up being his favorite. In the past he has also 
exhibited a collection of antique costume jewelry. 

When Dr. Jolivet is not collecting or treating sick 
reptiles, he somehow finds time to participate in many 
musical groups, whether it be on the bassoon, 
contrabassoon. or the bass sarrusophone. 

Michel lives in the Puget Sound area with his wife 
Sara, and their five turtles, two cats, 15 stick bugs, snails, 
fish, and toad 

Gaiaramas from White Eagle 

" Gaiarama" is the name White Eagle has given to its 
series of peepshow books. Each Gaiarama has six 
illustrated layers and includes an instructional study 
guide that explores in story form and diagram each 
environment and describes its inhabitants. The titles are: 
The unfolding adventures in the coral reef. The 
unfolding adventures in the rain forest, and The 
unfolding adventures in outer space. They retail for 
$3.75 and can be ordered directly from White Eagle at 
P.O. Box 40. Willits. California 95490. Telephone: 
1-800-959-581 1 or fax: 707-459-6602. 



Pop-ups at the ILAB Fair 

Michael Jolivet 

My wife Sara and I recently attended the 16th 
International League of Antiquarian Booksellers fair held 
in San Francisco from September 6th through the 8th. 
This is the largest antiquarian book fair in the world with 
170 dealers. As one would expect from a prestigious fair 
such as this, the dealers presented the finest books 
obtainable in all fields ranging from incunabula to 
autographed first editions and everything in between. 

There were several dealers specializing in children's 
books and movables and many others who included 
movables in their offerings. It was a magnificent treasure 
hunt to slowly explore from booth to booth looking for 
pop-ups! I have never seen so many Nisters and 
Meggendorfers in one place as well as plenty of Kubastas 
and Munans. The dealers were uniformly knowledgeable 
about their books and prices reflected this awareness. We 
gazed at stunning harlequinades and panoramas from the 
early 1800's selling for a few thousand dollars, 
Meggendorfers and Nisters for $1000 to $1500. 
Kubastas for $150 to $400. and Blue Ribbons and 
Bookanos m the $400 to $700 range. Most of these 
books were first edition, generally in very good condition, 
and were accurately appraised (Obviously, one doesn't 
go to an international book fair in search of flea market 
bargains!) 

The first day we tried to visit every booth to get an idea 
of what was available: over the next two days we 
revisited booths of particular interest Naturally, we 
didn't go away empty-handed I ended up buying three 
Kubastas and Peter Haining's book on movable books. 

This was a wonderful opportunity to pick up catalogs 
and make new connections with dealers from around the 
world. Most were very happy to talk about then stock and 
learn of my particular interests. The fan was a great 
experience and we are already eagerly anticipating our 
next one! 



Pop-up Citations 

Under the title "Books that do things" the London- 
based magazine Books for keeps, the children 's book 
magazine published, as number 95 in November 1995. 
a special issue on movable and pop-up books 

Judith Elliott opens the issue with an article. "The 
perennial pop-up." on her encounters with, as she says 
"an enduring book-ish phenomenon " Mrs. Elliott tells 
about her expenences with these books since the end of 
the 1970's. She has had a long career in publishing pop- 
up books at such respectable publishing houses as 
Heineman. Orchard, and now is Managing Director at 
Orion Children's Books. She also asks herself what will 
be the future of pop-up books in the ages of new media 
to come 



There is an interview with Allan Ahlberg about The 
Jolly pocket postman, the last book Janet Ahlberg 
illustrated before her death in November 1994. He tells 
also about the provenance of this book that started as a 
whole pile of letters from a school in Texas. Most 
interesting - and most peculiar as well - is the interview 
Brian Wildsmith did with himself on his pop-up book 
The creation. The interview gives insight into a (pop-up) 
book maker's mind and also gives much information both 
of the making of this book and in its hidden contents. 

Of course there is an article reviewing the most 
interesting items of last year's British autumn production, 
done by George hunt, and the monthly ' Autorgraph," the 
interview with an illustrator of children's books. The 
interview in this issue is with Stephen Biesty who tells 
about his cross-section books and, of course, is 
questioned on his Incredible pop-up cross-section 
published by Dorling Kindersley. 

In the May 1996 issue of the same magazine, Ted 
Percy and his children reviewed the British spring 
production of movables and pop-ups in a funny but very 
valuable way. 

Books for keeps, the children s books magazine. 6 
Bnghtfield Road. Lee. London SE12 8QF. Telephone: 
0181-852 4953. 

Questions and Answers 

Q. Recently we purchased a copy of a Kubasta title 
from the "Panascopic" series we had never seen before: 
The Polar station (1960's). Unfortunately it appears to 
be missing some movable part of the front cover. Can 
anyone inform us about what movable part is missing? It 
probably must have to do something with the polar light 
(a movable sun or so?). 

Theo Gielen 



Q. If other readers/collector have duplicate books which 
they would like to offer for exchange, I would like to 
exchange my list of duplicates. 

Danen Murray 

1204 Abbot Kinney Blvd. 

Venice. C A 90291-3366 



Q. In 1980 the Public Library in Toronto published a 
facsimile edition of the Harlequinade Mother Shipton. 
first published in 1800 m London. There appears to have 
been added a note on this Harlequinade by Jill Shefrin 
and the publications seems to have been done for the 
friends of the Osbome and Lillian H. Smith Collections. 
We would be very happy to acquire a copy of this reprint. 
Who can help us? 

Theo Gielen 



Frankfurt Book Fair, Continued from page 6 

Mr. Van der Meer had dummies on display to continue 
his successful series of packs: a Holland pack, with a 
windmill, a beautiful canal scene from 17th century 
Amsterdam and all those other traditions you think of 
when thinking of Holland; Rock-pack for the Rock and 
Roll Hall of Fame to be published for the general market 
by Rizoh: and the Disney animation pack from which 
Hyperion alone will have 100,000 copies next year. 

Another gem in the new production of PHPC will be 
The magic box. shaped as a magician's box rather than a 
book, from which when opened white rabbits leap out, 
jacks jump, and mysteriously move on their own accord. 
The box also includes magic playing cards, a crazy fruit 
machine, a flying dove, and of course, a secret magician's 
handbook. 

A teddy bear town comes to life in the pop-up book 
The terrific teddy bear illustrated by Fran Thatcher 
After the earlier success of Street advent calendar and 
the Victorian advent calendar, next year will bring the 
Dutch advent calendar (from Running Press) depicting 
a winter scene from a typical historical Dutch town with 
a snow-tipped windmill, a pancake seller and a group of 
carolers singing in front of the Christmas tree. 

Ron van der Meer also designed a series of four mini- 
roundabouts (a carousel), (a circus, a fun fair and a 
playground) being the smallest pop-ups ever, measuring 
just 4.5 x 2.5 cm. It is really amazing to see how he 
succeeds at having them look like real pop-up books. 
They have just been published by Ars Edition in 
Germany Most novel we thought were four "Little 
Theaters": Romeo and Juliet. Dracula, The beauty and 
the beast, and The phantom at the opera coming next 
year from Chronicle Books. As a matter of fact, they are 
reconstructions of the 19th Century peepshows issued as 
kmd of toy-theaters with paper figures to play the scenes. 
They are enclosed in a built-in envelope making them a 
""postable" present. For us. of all the things we saw at this 
fair, we thought these were the most likely to succeed. 

After the breakdown of Compass Productions we 
wouldn't be surprised to see PHPC growing into the 
market leader in the pop-up business in the coming years. 
Their beautiful and inviting stand, their pleasant and 
attentive staff, the well-cured publicity and information 
pack. and. not least, the inventiveness of the paper 
artwork of the maestro himself are ingredients for 
success. Intervisual has to feel challenged! 

Intervisual Books again had a beautiful stand with a 
row of page-turning machines in front, making it a hard- 
to-enter bastion. But once having overcome this 
barricade. Mr. Hunt and his wife proved very charming 



hosts showing us the dummies of theu new productions. 
Where last year they had many nice and innovative 
projects, this year's harvest proved rather poor. From 
last year's announcements only three appear to have been 
published: the great new Pienkowski Bed and breakfast, 
the Star Trek album These are the voyages, and the 
second title engineered by the coming man Laszlo Batki, 
The fairytale village pop-up playset. Several other 
projects shown last year appeared m this year's catalog! 

Apart from the usual sequels of Richard Scarry 
novelties, Jonathan Langley's. Babette Cole's, etc. - 
produced mostly for a mass market and hardly ever 
interesting for collectors - Mrs. Hunt showed us the 
dummies of an adult pop-up The consummate cigar book 
by Robert Kemp, a new Alice 's adventures in 
Wonderland, a WindowBox Classic, an elaborate Choo 
Choo Charlies saves the day folding out into a huge pop- 
up village with a wind-up train riding through the entire 
scene: and a pop-up memory book of Elvis, fitting 
exactly on your bookshelf between the Van der Meer 
"packs." We thought the pop-up book Mazes and 
Labyrinths was intriguing. It was challenging to try to get 
the giant marble through by turning and twisting. New 
carousel play sets on display were The enchanted castle 
and The night before Christmas, the last one a 3-D. 
shaped holiday house A nice variant of earlier pop-up 
playsets will be the Milne/Shepard-inspired Pooh 's 
enchanted place, a Hundred Acre Wood pop-up 
including the houses of Christopher Robin. Pooh, Owl, 
Eeyore and others and accompanied by punch-out 
characters to act out one of Milne's most-loved stories. 
Pooh goes visiting. Just charming, we thought, was the 
pop-up version of Janell Cannon's Stellaluna that comes 
with a 3-D Stellaluna mobile 

Not available for the trade but the more desirable for 
a collector was the promotional pop-up book Intervisual 
did for Chrysler: Introducing the next generation of the 
Minivan, launched by Chrysler autumn 1996. 

Since this year's production from Intervisual wasn't 
that exciting, we surely hope next year they will bring to 
publication that amazing dummy of last year, done by 
Laszlo Batki. Reflections: An age of elegance with all its 
mirroring pages reflecting the 18th century's powder 
peruked people. Mr. Hunt told us there was a good 
chance to get this wish fulfilled. 

Our stay at the Intervisual stand resulted in a nice 
surprise as we happened to meet the young Hungarian 
maestro himself just bringing his newest pop-up design, 
his version of the classic tale of The Pied Piper of 
Hamelin. Mr. Batki proved not only to be a paper 
engineer but also a printer and maker of artist's books 
(with pop-up elements?). We hope to write on that other 
aspect of his pop-up activities at another occasion. 



And. finally, we were happy to also meet there our 
fellow countrymen, the well-known engineers of so many 
pop-ups Kees Moerbeek and his wife Carla Dijs. 
outgoing and friendly as always. Mr. Moerbeek 
introduced us to a young newcomer in the profession, the 
German paper engineer Henning Rogge who came to 
show Mr Hunt his first pop-up book on Frankenstein. 

Sadie Fields Productions, publishing all their projects 
under then own imprint Tango Books, didn't have too 
many new titles for fall after publishing a lot of titles last 
spring. Charming is Jamie Lehrer's The magic costumes 
with pop-up castles, fabrics, fairy wings made of 
glittering foil and even a peppermint scent to tell the story 
of a magical trip through fairyland. A mce addition to any 
collection w ill be The book of pop-up board games by 
David West, offering four games to play in a pop-up 
setting ranging from mummies of ancient Egypt, through 
a medieval castle and a nineteenth century romantic 
pirate ship, to a futuristic alien spaceship Especially for 
those with a more nostalgic taste. Sadie Fields is offering 
the Swing-out Santas, a 3-D look at Christmas long ago 
made from original Victorian Christmas cards. At the end 
of the shaped book there is a tree with slots and an 
envelope of Victorian decorations to decorate it Finally, 
they have a new Korky Paul title. Dracula Junior and the 
fake fangs in the style of his earlier Dinner with Fox and 
Mrs. Wolf. 

James Diaz proudly showed us White Heat's newest 
projects. They have a maxi-carousel Beau and BeeBee. 
two tiny bears make a big move, opening into a huge 
bear's house. It was especially produced for the Vermont 
Teddy Bear Company to play in with the bears this 
company produces. Follow ing the publication of the first 
ever pop-up comic book Star Wars: battle of the bounty 
hunters (Dark Horse Comics. 1996) they have planned 
two new Star Wars titles: The death star and The 
Millennium Falcon. Each has an unusual outer shape and 
rather complex paper artwork and will be issued by Little 
Brown in 1997. Other notable items done by White Heat 
were The little piggy, illustrated bv Jane Manning 
(HarperFestival). Ten Christmas sheep by Nancy 
Carlstrom and illustrated by Cynthia Fisher (Eerdmans 
Publishing), and the new Lynette Ruschak title The cat 's 
pajama s. a Utile bedtrme story to be published in 1997. 

White Heat's most intriguing title we thought was the 
dummy of Spooky hotel, with a glorious pair of dancing 
ghosts that seem to float above the spread And for the 
first time ever the ghosts are brought to life as we think 
ghosts have to be - visible but nevertheless transparent - 
done by a clever use of acetate material 

Also on display at the White Heat stand was a copy of 
the most desirable, limited edition of Robert Sabuda's 
The Christmas alphabet, both volumes bound in an 



exalting socialist-red cloth and stowed in the same 
colored red shpease. Be sure you get a copy of it for your 
Christmas! 

Unfortunately. Simon and Schuster couldn't yet show 
us a copy of that other Sabuda limited edition. The 12 
days of Christmas. But the normal edition is such a gem 
that we can hardly imagine how the limited edition could 
be more beautiful. Why don't other paper engineers dare 
to make paperwork that beautiful 9 Why do packagers 
always just count the number of glue points and the 
amount of paper they think can be allowed for a 
marketable pop-up book 9 Look at Mr. Sabuda's works 
and see what proves to be possible for a price under 
$20.00! 

This year again it was striking to see the differences 
between the lovely dummies we saw last year and the 
uniform, faded and in the base sense of the word 
commercial final products that result from them, which 
show, at best just a glimpse of the original That alone is 
a reason to go to Frankfurt or Bologna, to see the original 
artwork or the dummies. We think this was also what 
Mr. Moseley meant when he said he felt restricted at 
Compass and he wants to make sure in the future to do 
only those books he feels free to produce in the way he 
wants them. Examples of this are the way his paperwork 
doesn't work in Dorling Krndersley's Diggers and 
dumpers, and Racers and roadsters or the way his 
beautiful dummy of Classic motorcycles has been 
degraded to a middle-of-the road end product 

Asked by us which paper engineers Mr Moseley 
thought would be the successors of the great names of his 
elder generation, there were just two he knew to be 
inventive and danng enough to grow to be the masters of 
the future: Robert Sabuda and Steve Augarde New titles 
by Steve Augarde were on display at Mathew Price Ltd. 
Tractor trouble, a sequel to the successful Tractor 
factoiy. allowing, for example, to take away a broken tire 
after jacking up the tractor. Augarde has also done 
Machine pop-ups. a series of four Playtime Pop-ups 
(Scholastic), a new Little Red Riding Hood illustrated by 
Jan Lewis, and the recently published Humpty Dumpty 
with the illustrations of Moira Kemp. Though not always 
spectacular books, they often show pop-up mechanisms 
never seen before. We are curious to see what he could 
make if he were given the free run 

Mathew Price also showed two lovely pop-ups 
engineered by Jeni Wood: The treasure of the Pharaohs, 
culminating m a combination lock that opens the secret 
door of the treasure chamber after having just found all 
the clues in the book, and a Glorious pop-up advent 
calendar illustrated by Atsuko Morozumi w hich unfolds 
to a three-story house with a downstairs living room, an 
upstairs children's playroom, and a sleigh and reindeer 



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on the roof with Santa putting presents in the chimney 

Bellew Publishing from London will contmue selling 
their series of carousel books (The doll's house, The 
farm house, James Heiriot 's Yorkshire village. The 
witches ' scaiy house) with The mouse house and Wild 
West ranch, the last one with a big red barn, a main 
house, cowhands' log cabin, windmill and gate. and. 
optional, plastic cowboys and horses. Bellew also showed 
The gnome home based on Rien Poortvliet's delightful 
characters used earlier for pop-up books: and a series of 
Little house carousel story books by Jane Reynold. 

Quartet Books is also continuing its series with the 
Treasure chests as published by Running Press. After 
Ancient Egypt. Knights. The American Indians and The 
Ancient .Aztecs, this autumn will follow Ancient China 
and next year The Holv Lands. 



Paul Dowling continued his technique of transforming 
a scene from black and white into colors as earlier seen 
in Jimmy 's snowy book and Jimmy 's sunny book, into 
transformations from darkness mto tight in his The night 
journey, at Andersen Press. This firm also has a pop-up 
version of the world famous elephant Elmer by David 
McKee. 

Viking brought a new adult pop-up: Golf: A three- 
dimensional exploration of the game by John Garrity. 
And Kids Books. Inc. from Chicago showed a panoramic 
pop-up book Safety city with six panels to pull down and 
movable tabs to make it easy and fun to become familiar 
with street signs and traffic rules. 

The Arroyo Projects Studio from Santa Fe. New 
Mexico, showed a dummy of Why we dance at funerals. 
on the New Orleans Jazz Funeral. 



Brown Wells & Jacobs has again published several 
titles for the Disney Company and its imprints Disney 
Press and Mouse Works. Notable were the pop-up book 
Disney 's toy story, the Hunchback of Notre Dame pla\' 
along (a good carousel book), and The Hunchback of 
Xotre Dame topsy turvy day pop-up pals. In the Disnev- 
style Pooh. BWJ showed Pooh 's popping opposites. a 
playful poppmg book, and Pooh, a trick or treat 
surprise: A costume pop-up book. 

Frances Lincoln offered a new Francesca Crespi title. 
Ding dong: Merrilfy on high, following the success of 
her earlier pop-up Nativity. Also on display was a nice 
adult gift book 1 isions ofChristmas with very good color 
reproductions of Renaissance triptychs that can be 
opened and closed: essentially a lift-the-flap book but this 
time with a very functional use of flaps! 

After last year's Secret garden pop-up. Breslich & 
Foss from London now has a Nutcracker pop-up. a three- 
spread carousel illustrated by Helen Cann with a set of 
paper dolls to dance the ballet yourself. 

The Templar Company continued their hologram 
books with some new ones: Creepy crawlies: Monsters: 
Scaiy fairies; and Mom, there 's an alien in my cereal 1 . 
the last one including an 'Tntergalactic Communicator"' 
(a hologram badge!). 

An optical novelty we thought more funny and 
innovative was the Adventure in the witch 's house by 
Lynn Gordon, a book to read by flashlight Lifting the 
flaps on each spread reveals a printed acetate window the 
exact circumference of a standard flashlight. By shining 
the tight through the window you can project the scan 
image on the wall and step right into the story. It will be 
published by Simon and Schuster 



So much for the Anglo Saxon world. The Europeans 
had even fewer interesting new things to offer! In 
Germany the firm of Schreiber has a new Meggendorfer 
reprint: Jerwand-lungs-Bilder (ISBN 3-244-14381-4) 
and Ravensburger had the new book by Kveta Pacovska. 
Alphabet (ISBN 3-473-33367-0). in a stipcase and as 
wonderful as her earlier pop-up books It looks more like 
an artists' book than a trade book. 

Ars Edition from Munich had. as stated, the mini- 
carousels by Ron van der Meer. and another series of 
rune very small (4.2 x 3.2 cm. ) mini-carousels. These are 
a series of "Rondels" done by Margit Grassi in striking 
modem color combinations, but without any text or story. 
Here we probably pass the border with meie stationery. 

In France the big firms Albin Michel. Hatier. Hachette 
and Galhmard. didn't show anything new apart from the 
French language editions of titles produced by English 
and American packagers. The "trick" of the "crazy 
cubes.'" invented by Mr. Christian Legrand and also used 
last year by Paul Strickland, saw new applications m two 
Becassine titles Gautier-Langureau: J' ecris aven 
Becassine and Je compte avec Becassine (write, and 
respectively, count with Becassine) and one Babar title at 
Mang Editions Le tour du monde de Babar (the world 
tour of Babar). Mango had one pop-up book we didn't 
see elsewhere: Sakdos le squelette (Skados the skeleton), 
a creepy but humorous book for the brave. 

Not at the fan but m a Frankfurt bookshop we spotted 
a nice series of three peepshows. a category of movables 
popular in the last century but hardly ever produced in 
this new "Golden Age of Pop-up Books." They were 
done by White Eagle from Wiltits. California, under the 
series name of Gaiarama: The unfolding adventures of 
outer space. The unfolding adventures of a coral reef. 
and The unfolding adventures of the rainforest. 



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To finish, we found a nice new kind of three- 
dimensional paperwork in the shape of book look alikes. 
showing a set or even a whole pile of "books" that, when 
opened have a 3-D scene with hidden games, activities, 
booklets and/or other materials. Random House had a 
dummy of Old bear 's hide & seek book box by Jane 
Hissey, a pile of not less than five "books" hiding small 
books, games and activities in a kind of nostalgic writing 
table. 



T.W. Clemmer. "Pop-ups & Moveables." Catalog 7. 236 
Manor Drive. Richboro. PA. 215-355-1627. 

Marjorie James Rare Books. Catalogue 28. The Old 
School. Oving. Chichester. West Sussex PO20 6DG. 
Telephone: 01243 781354. mjrb@argonet.co.uk. 

Rose Lasley. "Pop Ups." 5827 Burr Oak. Berkeley, JX 
60163-1424. 708-547-6239. 



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Design Eye from the UK showed such "boxes" as The 
secret life of Teddy Bear and The secret garden. This 
firm also had three wonderful 3-D boxes shaped as 
houses, opening to provide a setting for young children to 
act out the stories by usmg the miniature characters and 
props provided: Three little pigs. Goldilocks arid the 
three bears, and Santa 's Christmas workshop. But 
maybe with these items we cross the borders mto paper 
toys! 

As a conclusion of this year"s Frankfurt we can just 
say. the pop-ups were not that prolific. We saw too much 
of what we had already seen, sequels to previous works. 
The greatly diminished number of packagers and 
publishing houses still producing movables and/or pop- 
ups are producing new things much less daring. Is this a 
sign of a shrinking market and a decreasing interest for 
this book category, even the first symptoms of the 
"Second Golden Age" coming to its end? Or is this just 
a dip. just one miserable lazy year, the calm before a 
storm, a step down for a better jump 9 

We have to make exceptions for the enthusiastic start 
of Ron van der Meer's new company; for the only real 
highlight of this year's pop-up production. Robert 
Sabuda's The 12 days of Christmas; and for the 
innovative techniques by Steve Augarde. done 
unfortunately in booklets which are not too spectacular. 
He deserves better. For collectors it will not be that 
expensive a wmter! 



Jo Ann Reisler. Ltd. Catalogues 35 and 36. 360 Glyndon 
St.. NX.. Vienna. Virginia 22180. Telephone: 703-938- 
2967. Fax: 703-938-9057. 

Unicom Books Catalogue 76. 56 Rowlands Ave., Hatch 
End. Pinner, HA5 4BP. England. Telephone: 0181 420 
1091. Fax: 0181 428 0125. 

Well Read Books. List #7: Children. 2 Folly Field Court. 
Cold Spring Harbor. New York 11724. Teiephone: 516- 

692-8257. 



New Publications 

The following titles have been identified from pre- 
publication publicity, publisher's catalogs, or adver- 
tising All titles include pop-ups unless otherwise 
identified. Titles reviewed in Robert Sabuda's "Movable 
Reviews" column are not included in this list. 

Baby bunny 's book of bedtime dreams. Flying Frog. 
9 Y 2 x 10 'A 10 pages. $14.95. 1-884628-45-1. 

David and Goliath. Little Bible Treasures. By Tim and 

Jenny Wood. Little Simon. 5" x 5". 12 pages. $5.99. 

0-689-80924-7. 

Also: Joseph and the king of Egypt. 0-689-80925-5. 

Joshua and the battle of Jericho. 0-689-80923-9. 

Moses in the bulrushes. 0-689-80922-0 



And we have continuing hope for next year's 
Frankfurt Book Fair, to be held from October 15-20. 
1997. We will be there. 



Five speckled frogs and other counting rhymes. By 

Steve Augarde. Scholastic. March. 1997. 5" x 7". 12 

pages. $6.95.0-590-88024-1. 

Also: Row, row, row your boat and other play rhymes. 

0-590-88023-3. 



Catalogs Recently Received 

Ampersand Books. Autumn Catalogue 1996. Ainslie's 
Belvedere Mews. Bath BA1 5HP. UK. Telephone/Fax: 
01225 335646. 

Books of the ages. Catalogue No. 12. "It's beginning to 
look like Christmas Catalogue." Gary J Overmann. 4764 
SUverwood Dr.. Batavia. Ohio 45103. 513-732-3456. 



The magic little Christmas tree: A musical pop-up 
storybook. 8" x 10" 8 pages. Grandreams. $5.95. 
Also: What made the snowman smile. Santa 's sleigh 
ride. Welcome to santa 's toyshop. 

Naughty monkey: A mix-and-fix book, [transformational 
slats and 30 movable pieces] By Gus Clarke Artists & 
Writer's Guild. 8 !4\ 10. 12 pages. $12.95. 



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